Albert Pujols became the 26th player in the history of Major League baseball to hit 500 home runs when he blasted two monster shots into the seats at Nationals Park on Tuesday night. The first homer came off Nationals pitcher Taylor Jordan in the top of the first inning. Pujols crushed a 1-1 changeup to left field that drove in three runs. The second came in the top of the fifth off Jordan when Pujols whacked a 1-2 pitch to left-center field to enter the record books.
At 34 years old Pujols became the third youngest player to reach 500 career homers trailing only Alex Rodriguez and Jimmie Foxx. He also became the first player to hit his 499th and 500th career home runs on the same day. In addition to Rodriguez and Foxx the prestigious 500-home run club includes all time greats like Ted Williams, Willie Mays, Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, and of course home run king Barry Bonds.
Pujols was greeted at home plate by his Angels team-mates after hitting the historic homer and received a standing ovation from the crowd at Nationals Park. He drove in five of seven runs in a 7-2 Angels victory. In a post-game interview he attributed his career success to God and the support of his family.